Weekly Chef and Menu Report: The Week of July 15, 2013

A look into this week's new chefs and restaurant menus

Every week, we take a look at some new chefs and menus that have appeared across the country. Here’s this week’s roundup:

Boston, MA
Theatre 1 at Revere Hotel Boston Common: On July 30th at 7 p.m., moviegoers can try three Muppet-themed courses prepared by chef Brian Poe as they watch The Muppet Movie at Revere Hotel Boston Common’s Theatre 1. Tickets cost $50 per person, and guests must be over 21 years old to participate in the movie event.

Los Angeles
The Corner Door: Chef Kyle Schuttle joined The Corner Door team in Culver City, California, according to a release. He brings a clean, fresh, New-American style to the menu, making changes such as adding tart cranberry and red onion jam into The Corner Door’s burger. Some old favorites stay on the menu, but look for chef Schutte’s new dishes, like the jicama tacos, chilled broccolini, chocolate paloma, and more.

Patina: Patina, a French restaurant in Los Angeles, introduced a paleo prix fixe menu for $45 per person, a release reported. This menu features a summer salad, broiled calf’s liver, grass-fed New York strip loin, and Valrhona chocolate demi sphere.

Crossroads: On July 15th, Crossroads launched their new lunch menu, serving offerings that feature chef Tal Ronnen’s new vegan cheese line, Kite Hill. The restaurant offers sandwiches, soups, salads, and pasta for on-the-go lunch or picnics, according to a release.

Miami, FL
Makoto:  From August to September, Makoto will be participating in Miami Spice, an event that aims to promote restaurants and Miami cuisine, according to a release. Customers can order a three-course lunch and dinner special. The $23 lunch includes spicy edamame, seabass robata, and seasonal parfait. The $39 dinner has spicy tuna crispy rice, grouper tempura, and parfait.

Db Bistro Moderne: Db Bistro Moderne introduced their weekly summer grilling series, according to a release. Every Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., customers can order half-off drinks and order grilled items like hickory smoked chicken legs, short rib quesadillas, grilled peach melba, and grilled pineapple. Each item costs from seven to nine dollars. The restaurant is also participating in Miami Spice, with selections such as chilled melon soup, lobster and shrimp roll, squab ballotine en croute, Frenchie burger, coconut panna cotta, and more.

Serafina Dream South Beach: Serafina Dream South Beach is participating in their first Miami Spice, cooking their signature Italian dishes like “Cozze Al Prosecco,” “Branzino Ceviche,” and “Spiked Popsicles,” and more.

Terrazza: Terrazza is also part of Miami Spice, and they will serve dishes such as  panzanella salad, cavatelli pasta, branzino with lemon salsa verde, garganelli pasta, panna cotta, and more. Every Wednesday, the restaurant sells select wine bottles for half-price and $7 specialty cocktails.

New Orleans
Borgne: Borgne introduced a new tapas menu, according to a release. The tapas cost $5 each and the menu changes daily. Their daily happy hour is from 3 to 6 p.m., and they serve half-priced beer, wine, and cocktails with $1 catfish sliders.

New York
City Grit: Chefs Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman are coming from Memphis to host their “No Menu Monday” event at City Grit, according to a release. They will cook a series of Italian-inspired courses that are not on the menu on July 22nd at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $85 for one and $150 for two, and can be purchased on the City Grit website.

The Smith: According to a release, The Smith introduced their new cocktail menu, with options such as summer sambra, spiced peach margarita, blueberry-pisco sour, “Midtown Manhattan,” “Don Pedro #2,” “40 Thieves,” and more. The new cocktails are now available at the restaurant’s Lincoln Center, and will be launched at the two other The Smith locations in shortly.

“Richard Sandoval’s Restaurant Week”: Top Chef Masters’ Chef Richard Sandoval is participating in New York’s Restaurant Week at three of his restaurants, according to a release. RAYMI Modern Peruvian Kitchen & Pisco Bar’s entire menu will be available during Restaurant Week, with choices such as ceviches, Chicharron sliders, pork belly, gluten-free items, and more. MAYA, his modern Mexican restaurant, will have a special menu that includes guacamole, salmon with vegetables, hanger steak, and roasted corn soup. His third restaurant, Zengo, will have Latin and Asian fusion cuisine, with dishes like short rib tamale and seafood bibimbap. Lunch costs $25 per person and dinner costs $38 per person for all locations.

Brooklyn, NY
Luke’s Lobster and No. 7 Sub: Luke’s Lobster and No. 7 Sub are creating new weekly sandwiches inspired by the weekly free movies that Brooklyn Bridge Park is playing for free, according to Gothamist. The sandwiches are sold at the Pier 1 walkway from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Atlantic City, NJ
Gallagher’s Steakhouse at Resorts Casino Hotel: Gallagher’s Steakhouse will have a specialty small batch bourbon sampling on July 19th from 7 to 9 p.m., according to a release. The bourbons are Johnny Drum, Four Roses Small Batch, Redemption Rye, Willet's Pot Still Reserve, and Noah's Mill. The samplings come with bourbon cocktails and small bites. Tickets cost $35 in advance and $40 at the door.

Il Verdi: On July 25th at 6 p.m., Tropicana Casino and Resort are hosting a five-course dinner at il Verdi, featuring wines from Duckhorn Wines, according to a release. The dinner ends with a wine reception at Tangos. Tickets cost $125 per person.

Robert’s Steakhouse of New York at Trump Taj Mahal: The Prime Baseball Steak, a new steak menu item will be available at Robert’s Steakhouse of New York throughout July, according to a release. The dish features a prime rib with asparagus lobster “baseball mitt” and an herb “baseball diamond.”

Girasole Ristorante & Lounge: Girasole Ristorante & Lounge is introducing new seasonal menu items, including fresh carpaccio, appetizers, and pizzas for lunch and dinner, according to a release.

Chart House at Golden Nugget: According to a release, Chart House has new summer dishes, including crab, shrimp, and vegetable fritters, grilled watermelon and feta salad, crab imperial sea bass or grouper, pine nut crusted shrimp linguine, chimichurri grilled shrimp, and king salmon and watermelon panzanella.

Vintage at The Water Club: Borgata’s wine professionals are hosting wine pairing sessions on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at their wine boutique Vintage, which is located in The Shoppes At The Water Club. It costs $25 per person, according to a release.

Le Meurice: Le Meurice invited Chef Alain Ducasse to take over all of the hotel’s kitchens, including three Michelin-starred restaurant Le Meurice and le Dalí. Starting in September, he will oversee the culinary operations at the hotel, according to a release.

San Francisco, CA
Bluestem Brasserie: Bluestem introduced their new summer menu, “American Summer Vacation” cocktails, and bar bites, according to a release. The new menu has selections, with lunch selections like heirloom tomato & pancetta wedge salad and stuffed peppers, dinner choices such as wild buffalo rib eye and Basque-spiced buffalo meatballs, and brunch dishes like buttermilk biscuits and vegetable frittata. Cool off with their new cocktails: “Porch Swing,” “Baja Margarita,” and “Karl the Fog.” New desserts include peanut butter cheesecake and caramelized banana ice cream profiteroles.

Vail, CO
Chef Kelly Liken’s “Float, Fish, and Feast” Excursion: Chef Kelly Liken, who appeared on Top Chef and Iron Chef and owns Restaurant Kelly Liken, is partnering with Fly Fish Outfitters for a “Float, Fish, and Feast” excursion series. The trips will take place at Colorado’s blue ribbon streams, where vacationers can go fish during the fly-fishing and streamer season from July to September, according to a release. Liken will take guests on a two-day, one night float trip and will cook dishes like her signature potato crusted trout filet, seared Alaskan halibut, parsley salsa verde, fire-grilled elk loin, and more.

Highlands, NC
Ruka’s Table: According to a release, Ruka’s Table is hosting a five-course beer tasting dinner on July 25th at 6:30 p.m. with Mother Earth Brewery. The dinner costs $60 per person and will feature dishes such as house smoked salmon and frothed cucumber soup.

Magnolia’s: In preparation for National Ice Cream Month in July, Magnolia’s continues to introduce their tropical ice cream flavors to supermarkets across the country. Flavors include: avocado, red bean, buko, green tea, halo halo, macapuno, mais queso, taro, thai tea, lychee, ube, and more.

Lawry’s: Lawry’s is introducing their rib-eye steak, the first menu item in over two decades, according to LA Times. The rib-eye dish will debut at the Beverly Hills location on August 6th and will later be available in the Chicago, Dallas, and Las Vegas locations later on this summer.


We’re always looking for tips about new chefs and seasonal menus, so if you think there are any that we missed, let us know!